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21 Die in Shootout Near U.S.-Mexico Border
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July 02, 2010



Nogales, Mexico - More than 20 people were killed in a gun battle between Mexican drug gangs fighting for control of a smuggling route on the Arizona-Mexican border.

Authorities said nine people, several of whom had been wounded, were arrested after the fighting.

Thursday's gun battle occurred near Nogales about 10 miles south of the Arizona section of the U.S.-Mexican border where members of the Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva cartels opened fire on each other.

The remote area is considered a main pathway for illegal drugs to be shipped into the United States.

Drug trafficking-related killings in Mexico total about 5,000 this year. Candidates running for election in this weekend's elections in Mexico have been targets of violence and intimidation from drug cartels. Candidate for governor of Tamaulipas Rodolfo Torre Cantu and several supporters were killed Monday and a severed head was left this week at the home of a Ciudad Juarez mayoral candidate. Also, a Chihuahua state assistant attorney general was killed Wednesday.

Mexican authorities promised increased security for candidates who are standing for office in Sunday's elections. There are 12 Mexican gubernatorial positions up this weekend, considered important as a bellwether of the 2012 presidential elections and the strength of winning candidates against the drug cartels.




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